Sophomores Chris Carpenter & Megan Holthoff preview Friday's dual with crosstown rival Drury
Honors & Awards 2013-14 Academic All-MAC First Team 2013-14 CSCAA Individual Scholar Honorable Mention 2012-13 All-MAC Second Team 2012-13 Academic All-MAC First Team 2012-13 MSU Darin Kent Spirit Award 2011-12 All-MAC Second Team MSU Athletics Director's Honor Roll - Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2012, Fall 2011
2013-14: Named to the MAC All-Academic team ... Honorable mention for the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Individual Scholar All-America Team ... Out for the first half of the season due to a shoulder injury ... Returned to competition at the Oklahoma Splash Bash and finished third in the 50 breast ... Placed second in the consolation final with a time of 55.97 in Day 2 of the MAC championships ... Finished fourth in the 200 IM on Day 1.
2012-13: Named to the All-MAC Second Team for the second straight year ... Ranked 117th nationally in the 100 breast; also ranked in the top 200 in the 200 IM (185th) ... Totaled two A-Final swims at the 2013 MAC Championships in Carbondale ... On Day 1 of conference, finished sixth overall in the 200 IM (1:49.29) and set a new personal best in prelims (1:49.22)...Placed fifth in the 100 breast (55.48); recorded another career best in prelims with a time of 54.98, which was an NCAA `B' cut ... Finished 12th overall in the 200 breast on the final day of the MAC Championships ... Moved into fourth all-time in MSU history in the 100 breast with his time from the Day 2 preliminaries ... Won the 200 IM on two separate occasions, both against NCAA DII national champion Drury ... Named the 2013 MSU Darin Kent Spirit Award winner ... One of three Bears to receive 2013 Academic All-MAC First Team honors.
2011-12: Garnered All-MAC Second Team honors...Debut at the 2012 MAC Championships consisted of three top-8 swims...Swam in the A-Final of the 200 IM and earned the Bears 12 points with a 7th-place finish; Recorded a career best in the preliminary heats (1:49.74); Was less than .50 seconds away from NCAA 'B' cut...Dropped nearly five seconds off previous best in 400 IM to place fourth; Was MSU's highest finisher in the event...Snuck into the A-Final of the 200 breast and finished eighth...Swam breaststroke leg of Bears' third-place 400 medley relay...Claimed several victories during the dual-meet season including the 200 IM (3), 200 fly (2), 400 IM (2), 500 free (1) and the 100 breast (1).Placed second in the 200 IM at the UIW Christmas Invitational; top qualifier heading into finals.
Background: Swam club at Topeka Swim Association for MSU graduate Paul Monroe ... Swam for Jeff Handley at Washburn Rural High School ... Was an all-city, all-league and all-state selection four years in-a-row and finished no lower than fifth at the KSHSAA State Swimming & Diving Championships in his individual events ... Holds the WRHS school record in the 100 free, 200 free, 500 free, 100 breast and was a member of the record-holding 200 medley and 400-free relay teams ... As a junior, he capture the state title in the 100 free ... In his final three years, he collected second-place finishes in the 100 back, 100 breast and 200 free ... Named to the USA Swimming Scholastic All-America team three consecutive years ... Named to the Missouri Valley Swimming All-Academic team all four seasons ... Was a junior national qualifier in four events: 100 breast, 100 free, 200 free and 200 IM.
Personal: Christopher Neil Carpenter is the son David and Jane Carpenter ... Born Sept. 29, 1992 in Topeka, Kan. ... Has two siblings: Joanna House and Erin Carpenter ... His sister, Joanna, played tennis at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. ... Majoring in accounting.